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REGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)


january 17, 2018

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ICE fishing SAFETY and ICE fishing TIPS here – http://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx
NOTE – PA Fish and Boat Commission does not monitor ice thickness.  Make sure you test ice conditions prior to venturing out to ice fish and be sure to take safety precautions (e.g. wear a float jacket or life jacket).
Tioga County
Ice is still in good shape across the County. 
REMINDER – Always check ice conditions before venturing out onto the ice.
Hills Creek Lake – Anglers are catching a variety of panfish, bass and pickerel.  Afternoons seem to be the best time to be fishing.  Green, glow and silver jigs are working best.
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On a recent ice fishing trip to Hills Creek Lake, Kris Bretz caught a nice Largemouth Bass.  Thank you for sharing your story Kris!! (photo provided by angler)
Beechwood Lake – Anglers are catching trout and panfish using minnows and waxworms.  Live shiners are working great for bass and pickerel.
Cowanesque Lake – Anglers are catching a variety of panfish.  Jigs, minnows and waxworms are working well.
Lycoming County
Rose Valley Lake -  Anglers are catching Yellow Perch, Sunfish, Bluegill and Chain Pickerel using a variety of techniques.
Union/Snyder/Northumberland/Montour Counties
Anglers are reminded to check ice conditions prior to heading out to fish.  The recent warm temperatures caused some of the ice to thin near the shore and inlets to lakes.  In some areas there is no ice near shore.
Lake Chilisquaque - Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Walleye, near goose cove.  Before and just after daylight seems to be the best time to be on the water.
Faylor Lake – Anglers are catching “dinner plate” sized Crappie, using jigs and minnows.
Clinton County 
Fishing Creek – Water temperatures are in the 40s.  The water level is up and a bit off color. 
Most trout are still holding in deep pools, near structure (e.g. logs, rocks, undercut banks). 
Anglers are catching trout using streamers (size #6-10).  Nymphs are also working (e.g. iron lotus (#14-18); Frenchie (#14-16); goldbead pheasant tail (#12-18); prince (#12-16).
Centre County
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are catching panfish using jigs tipped with waxworms.
The water is a bit cloudy and the bite is a bit slow, but anglers are still catching plenty of fish.
Tipups with fathead minnows are also working well.  Anglers fishing the main lake area are reporting catches of Yellow Perch and occasional Channel Catfish and Bass.
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PFBC Executive Director, John Arway and his Granddaughter had a great time on a recent ice fishing trip to Foster Joseph Sayers Lake.  Thank you for sharing your story! (photo provided by angler)

january 10, 2018

Get your 1, 3, 5 OR 10 YEAR FISHING LICENSE ONLINE NOW - http://www.gonefishingpa.com/
ICE fishing SAFETY and ICE fishing TIPS here – http://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx
NOTE – PA Fish and Boat Commission does not monitor ice thickness.  Make sure you test ice conditions prior to venturing out to ice fish and be sure to take safety precautions (e.g. wear a float jacket or life jacket).
Tioga County
Cold weather has created great ice conditions across the County!  Anglers are fishing most lakes. 
REMINDER – Always check ice conditions before venturing out onto the ice.
Hills Creek Lake – Hills Creek Lake has had the most angler pressure over the last week.  Many of the anglers are fishing at the top end of the lake near the stumps.  Anglers fishing this area are targeting Bluegills.  The best times to be on the water seems to be between sunrise and 9a.m. and Just before sunset and into the night. 
Anglers, catching Yellow Perch, are targeting the lower end of the lake, just off of the sand bars. 
Anglers are catching Bluegill and Yellow Perch using waxworms, mealworms and maggots. 
Bass and pickerel are also being caught using tipups rigged with medium shiners near the weedlines.
Hamilton Lake – The lake is low, but anglers are having success through the ice. 
Anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch and trout using jigs tipped with waxworms.  Fathead minnows on tipups are also working.  The deeper water seems to be the key area for fishing success.
Anglers, targeting trout, are having success at the shallow end of the lake, near the boat launch. Anglers targeting panfish are having success fishing over the rock piles, near the pump house.
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On a recent ice fishing trip with friends, Katie Jeffers, caught her first fish  (Yellow Perch) through the ice!  Congratulations Katie and THANK YOU for fishing in PA! (photo provided by angler)
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On a recent ice fishing trip, with her husband Don, Renee Kelly, caught a nice sunfish through the ice! Way to go Renee and THANK YOU for sharing your ice fishing story! (photo by Don Kelly)
Hammond Lake – A few anglers are fishing and catching Black and White Crappie, using waxworms and live minnows.  Target areas with habitat structures in 10-20 feet of water for best results.
Beechwood Lake – Anglers are catching trout using waxworms, minnows and mealworms.  Glow, silver, chartreuse and pink jigs, tipped with bait or soft plastics are working well.
Cowanesque Lake – Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Crappie, using live minnows and waxworms.  Anglers are catching lots of Crappie, especially near the habitat structures.  Angler use is currently low, but the bite is ON!
ALERT – There are s few areas of open water and varied ice conditions, especially on the East end of the lake.
Potter County
Lyman Run Lake -  Anglers are catching trout and sunfish, using waxworms, mealworms and mousees.
Clinton County 
Fishing Creek – Water temperatures are in the 30s.  The water level is below average.  Currently there is lots of ice in the narrows.  Warm temperatures are expected to return later this week, but they will only be around for a short while.
Most of the trout are holding in deep pools, near structure (e.g. logs, rocks, undercut banks). 
Anglers are currently catching trout using streamers (size #6-10).  Nymphs are also working (e.g. iron lotus (#14-18); Frenchie (#14-16); goldbead pheasant tail (#12-18); prince (#12-16).
Centre County
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are ice fishing in several locations (e.g. Hunter Run Cut, Main lake off of the beach area and just off of Lower Greens Access Area).  Anglers are catching lots of Yellow Perch, Crappie and Bluegill, using jigs tipped with waxworms or maggots. 
Tipups with fathead minnows are also working well.  Anglers fishing the main lake area are reporting catches of Yellow Perch and occasional Channel Catfish and Bass.
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Three good friends (Bill Savage (PA); Trevor Johnson (Canada); Mike Holly (Boalsburg, PA – formerly from Michigan), recently took an ice fishing trip to Sayers Lake.  Being from Canada, Trevor didn’t think ice in PA got thick enough for ice fishing.  They had a grand day on the ice with plenty Yellow Perch for a good fish fry!  Not bad for just under 4hrs of fishing!  Thank you for sharing your story and THANK YOU for fishing in PA gentlemen! (photo provided by Bill Savage)
Black Moshannon Lake – Angler pressure is light; however, anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Bluegill jigging, near weedbed edges.  Tipups with minnows are catching pickerel and bass.
Colyer Lake – Anglers are catching panfish while jigging near the parking area.
REMINDER – Colyer Lake is currently being managed as NO HARVEST, CATCH and RELEASE.
Spring Creek– Water temperatures are in the mid-upper 40s to low 50s. The water level is low.  Warmer air temperatures and rain is predicted for later this week, but the warmer temperatures won’t last long. 
Be prepared to get out and do some streamer fishing during the warmer days and rain events.
Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. black zebra midge (#18-22); olive scud (#14-18); caddis larvae patterns (#14-16).
Anglers are also catching trout using Olive and/or black streamers (#6-10).